This summer, my wife, Robbie, and I visited our nephew and niece, Matt and Monita, and their two, almost 3-year-old daughters, Hannah and Mayah, in Seattle. One evening, all of us went out to a ...
This summer, my wife, Robbie, and I visited our nephew and niece, Matt and Monita, and their two, almost 3-year-old daughters, Hannah and Mayah, in Seattle. One evening, all of us went out to a Chinese restaurant to have dinner. We chose a restaurant, which was as family-friendly as possible, given that the girls tended to speak with loud voices. We were glad that there were only a few tables of customers present when we came in. The girls were being very good, playing with the menus and chatting about all sorts of things.
At some point after we had placed the order for dinner, Monita excused herself to go to the bathroom. When she returned, Hannah asked her mom in a very sweet, but loud voice, "Mommy did you do a peepee or a poopie?" Monita was a little embarrassed, understandably so, given how loudly the question was raised, and tried to ignore Hannah’s question as best she could. But Hannah was very persistent and asked again in a louder voice, "Mommy, did you do a peepee or a poopie?" As quietly as she could answer, Monita said, "Sweetie, Mommy did a peepee." Hannah looked very lovingly into her mom's eyes and said to her, "Mommy, I'm very proud of you."
Isn't it interesting how we take for granted our accomplishments in life, especially as we enter midlife.
It may be true that it's not necessary anymore to congratulate ourselves for simple things, I started to think about those areas that I don't appreciate as accomplishments anymore.
My partial list included:
1. Being a good listener.
2. Having a good relationship with my nephews and nieces.
3. Being a safe driver.
4. Being a good cook.
5. Following my dreams.
Where in your life have you stopped appreciating your accomplishments?
I invite you to take on a new practice. A practice that includes acknowledging yourself each day for some accomplishment that you have been taking for granted. The goal is to celebrate more of your life each day. And notice, what happens in your life. I think you may be surprised. Once we are able to appreciate our own accomplishments, we can truly appreciate others.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Tisch, M.S., CPCC, ACC, is a certified life coach and principal of Midlife Crisis Coaching (www.midlifecrisiscoaching.com). He specializes in helping clients: to get clear about what they want and best possible outcomes, to create a unique plan to get from where they are to where they want to be, and to develop practices that allow intentions to become reality.